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gradientlair:

Natural Girls United (@NaturalIsUnited) is a fabulous Black-owned business that produces beautiful dolls to resemble Black women and other women of colour. The hair textures, colours and styles varieties are so diverse. Also, I love that the dolls have full lips, round noses and are a variety of complexions. These dolls are too cute and are for sale. The price range appears to be  $45.00-$140.00, and the work is custom. Custom orders are also available.

As the founder, owner and designing artist Karyn Bird notes in her bio:

If a child is constantly looking at images, dolls, television, books and magazines - and only seeing beauty as something or someone with non-ethnic features and long, straight hair - then they are going to assume that this is what beauty is. It is something that has hurt our young people for centuries. But each day we learn that it is important to show them and teach them that their beauty is beautiful. 

The only thing that I would want added are dolls with size variety instead of the usual thin frame. But with everything else, these dolls are on the right track.

I want Black kids to have dolls with variety; and I say “kids” since I am not about gender restrictions on toys. In the past I wrote something gender-specific (Black Girls and Dolls; Black Women and Pinterest) since even if all genders of Black children play with dolls like these (which would be great), the connection to beauty perception and beauty politics most heavily falls on Black girls. Thus, how that beauty is interpreted and how much it subverts hegemonic and Eurocentric beauty norms matters. 

wonderous-world:

Artist by Carlos Vila

Have you ever seen a painting of an elephant? Probably. What about a picture of an elephant painting a painting of an elephant? No? Well meet Suda who lives in Maetaeng Elephant Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The park was created to provide a unique and safe environment where all elephants are treated well and are free of harm from poachers. In the early years, Suda along with other elephants would paint abstract brush strokes on paper, and slowly over time, they learned to produce two and three dimensional art. They have an incredible ability to trace back over their original brush stroke. Elephants have a keen memory and show that here by being able to repeat the same paintings and techniques.

Caption Source | Meet the Elephants |  Park Website

I love elephants!
SHOCKING: Girl in Mexico gives birth to 9 year old baby girl

nbclatino:

Authorities say a 9-year-old girl has given birth in western Mexico and they are looking for the purported father, a 17-year-old.

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Ummm, how can anyone give birth TO a 9 year old girl?…

sooolondon:

luvvdivine:

How big is Africa?

Most maps we see makes Africa and south america smaller than they actually are and makes America and Europe look bigger than they actually are. 
Peter’s map is suppose to be the most accurate. 


Love this

sooolondon:

luvvdivine:

How big is Africa?

Most maps we see makes Africa and south america smaller than they actually are and makes America and Europe look bigger than they actually are. 

Peter’s map is suppose to be the most accurate. 

Love this

karnythia:

ladyatheist:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

european-booty-scratcher:

queennubian:

danceswithfaeriesunderthemoon:

I can relate to this so much omg.

When i go to the hairdressers:

“WOW YOU HAVE SO MUCH HAIR THIS IS GONNA TAKE A LONG TIME WOW IT’S WAY TOO CURLY OMG SHARON CANCEL ALL MY APPOINTMENTS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY!!!1”

Meanwhile, i’m just sitting there like

omg this is perf

 my life as a younging

reblogged for commentary lmao

okay i need to be friends with that girl

cause 1 she fine

and 2 she smrt

This is why I can’t fucking stand going to the salon!!!!

I had a stylist tell me my hair was too much work & refuse to touch it.

Dang, I thought I was the only one…

neil-gaiman:

It’s nice to see a New Year’s Wish rendered as a poster…